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Posted on: September 16, 2010 11:23 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 11:25 pm

NC State topples Cincinnati 30-19

Posted by Chip Patterson

College Football Blog is live in Carter-Finley Stadium for the primetime Thursday matchup between Cincinnati and NC State.  Click here for the first half live blog and here for the second half, follow us on Twitter for more updates.

it was the only game on the college football slate for the evening, it was nationally televised, it was the first true test for NC State and Cincinnati.  This was supposed to be a showdown of two teams desperately looking to make a statement to their respective conferences.

But the mistake-plagued game had the feel of an season-opener.  Both teams had difficulties holding on to the ball, with numerous bad/bobbled snaps and each accounting for at least one lost fumble.  There were mental mistakes as well.  Cincinnati was penalized 7 times for 65 yards while NC State was able to overcome 6 penalties of their own totaling 47 yards.  

But there were many things to be happy about for NC State fans.  Russell Wilson, particularly in the first half, looked methodical as he picked apart the Cincinnati secondary for back-to-back 93-yard touchdown drives in the first quarter to spring the Wolfpack out to an early 14-0 lead.  Wilson finished the evening 26-40 for 329 yards and three touchdowns, and eight rushes for 33 yards.  Jarvis Williams led the way receiving for the Wolfpack with 110 yards, but Wilson spread the ball around to 11 different receivers throughout the night.

Most importantly for the Wolfpack, they have started the 2010 season 3-0.  This is the first time they have accomplished that since the 2002 season, when current San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers was under center.  Head coach Tom O'Brien has yet to have a winning season since coming to NC State from Boston College, but beginning the season with three straight wins will gets you almost halfway there.  

For Cincinnati, the game created far more questions than it answered.  The Bearcats returned 13 of 22 starters from last year's Big East Championship team, but on Thursday they looked frazzled and unorganized.  The penalties and poor coverage in the secondary allowed NC State to impose their will offensively, and the offensive line looked unprepared for NC State's blitzes.  Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros had some impressive moments, but never had a chance to find a rhythm until the collecting the two touchdowns in the final minutes of the game.

Things will only get worse before they get better for Cincinnati with a showdown with No. 7 Oklahoma waiting for them next Saturday.  For NC State, they will face Georgia Tech next, and, for now, are sitting atop the ACC at 3-0.

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 10:05 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 10:52 pm

Cincinnati @ NC State - 2nd Half Live Blog

Posted by Chip Patterson

College Football Blog is live in Carter-Finley Stadium for the primetime Thursday matchup between Cincinnati and NC State.  Click here for the first half live blog, follow us on Twitter for more updates.

10:50 p.m. - NC State follows a blocked punt by putting in the first touchdown of the second half.  Russell Wilson connected with Taylor Gentry for an 8 yard score that finished off a friendly 25 yard touchdown drive.  7:27 remaining, NC State 30, Cincinnati 7. 

10:44 p.m. - The Wolfpack answer by holding Cincinnati on 4th down as well, taking over at their own 43.  A flat response from the Wolfpack leads to another punt, which then in turn leads to a Bearcats punt.  21 minutes into the second half, the only scoring has been one field goal.  While Cincinnati's defense has been able to get more pressure to Russell Wilson, they have yet to be able to get anything going offensively.  Props to NC State's defense for being able to get pressure on Collaros all night.  8:57 remaining. NC State 23, Cincinnati 7  

10:25 p.m. - NC State finished an 11 play, 46 yard drive with a turnover on downs at the Cincinnati 30.  The Wolfpack have put together 426 total yards thus far but have very little to show for it on the scoreboard.  While NC State has been winning at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, Cincinnati is not out of the game.  13:03 remaining in the game. NC State 23, Cincinnati 7 

10:13 p.m. - Penalties continuing to CRUSH Cincinnati even here in the third quarter.  Zach Collaros 20+ yard completion on third down was called back due to illegal formation.  Next completion falls short of the sticks, Cincinnati forced to punt again.  Bearcats penalty count up to 7 accepted flags for 65 yards.  That does not count 3-5 penalties that have been declined.  NC State takes over near their own 25.  2:40 left in the 3rd quarter. NC State 23, Cincinnati 7

10:05 p.m. - NC State kicked off the third quarter by holding the Bearcats to a three and out and then getting a 19-yard field goal out of Josh Czajkowski. Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros continues to struggle to develop a rhythm on offense, and the Bearcats have yet to put together a dominating drive on offense, but they still have the the weapons with big-play potential to get back in this game.  But for now, NC State and their 380 yards of total offense are in control with 8:02 left in the 3rd.  NC State 23, Cincinnati 7
Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:28 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 9:45 pm

Cincinnati @ NC State - Halftime Update

Posted by Chip Patterson

College Football Blog is live in Carter-Finley Stadium for the primetime Thursday matchup between Cincinnati and NC State.  Click here for the first half live blog, follow us on Twitter for more updates.

Mistakes have been all over the field in the first half of NC State's 20-7 lead over Cincinnati at halftime.  NC State has two turnovers and five penalties for 32 yards while the Bearcats have been penalized five times for a whopping 45 yards.  NC State quarterback Russell Wilson looked sharp in the first quarter, orchestrating two 93 yard drives in a row for the first two touchdowns of the game.  

Cincinnati's offense continued to be held in check until Zach Collaros began taking to the ground, totaling 45 yards on the ground, mostly in the second quarter.  Collaros finally connected with D.J. Woods for a 68 yard touchdown with 3:12 remaining in first half to pull Cincinnati within one score.  

Wilson answered the Cincinnati strike by leading NC State on a 7 play, 72 yard drive in just over two minutes to score just before halftime.  Wolfpack field goal kicker Josh Czajkowski broke a streak of 83 straight extra points by missing the point after wide right.

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 7:28 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 9:04 pm

Russell Wilson having his way early (Live Blog)

9:02 p.m. - Mistakes continue to plague both teams, but especially the Bearcats.  Muffed punts, bad snaps, and four penalties for each team have prevented Cincinnati from scoring and NC State from running away with this thing early.  Feels like the first game of the season, Cincinnati takes over from their own 6 after an NC State punt, 8:05 remaining in the 2nd quarter.  NC State 14, Cincinnati 0.

8:36 p.m. - Cincinnati dodges a three score defecit by falling on a Jarvis Byrd fumble in the end zone for a touchback.  Collaros finally took to his legs the following drive. Three rushes in a row get the Bearcats their second first down of the game.  A pair of Collaros passes get the Bearcats into Wolfpack territory for the first time all game.  End of the first quarter, Bearcats have 2nd and 6 on the NC State 35 yard line. NC State 14, Cincinnati 0   

8:20 p.m. - Russell Wilson just pieced together another 93 yard drive, this time in 2:30.  NC State got some help from a couple of costly Cincinnati penalties, but running back Mustafa Green finished the drive with a 31 yard touchdown run.  Wilson is 8/13 for 132 yards already, we still have just over five minutes left in the first quarter.  NC State 14, Cincinnati 0

8:00 p.m. - NC State responds with a 93 yard drive orchestrated by quarterback Russell Wilson.  Wilson threw to five different wide receivers on the drive for 71 yards in just over three minutes.  Wilson capped it off with a 16 yard fade to wide receiver Jay Smith, who caught his first career touchdown.  NC State 7, Cincinnati 0

7:54 p.m. - Quick three and outs for each team's first possession.  Neither defense looked especially sharp on the pass rush though Callaros did flash some of his ability to fix a broken play with his legs.  Penalty on the Cincinnati punt has NC State backed right up against their own end zone to start second drive of the game.  Cincinnati 0 NC State 0 

7:27 p.m. - Greetings from Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C..  We'll be giving updates throughout tonight's primetime matchup between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the North Carolina State Wolfpack.  The teams are on the field warming up and we are less than 20 minutes from kickoff.  

MATCHUP TO WATCH: Cincinnati QB Zach Collaros against the NC State defense. - The Wolfpack defense (secondary particularly) was one of the weak points in last season's squad and Collaros is one of the most athletic quarterbacks they will face all year.  Collaros ran the ball 11 times and only had 17 pass attempts in the Bearcats 40-7 slaughtering of Indiana State a week ago.  His five total touchdowns on the season are evenly split between passing (3) and rushing (2).  How NC State's defense contains Collaros will likely determine this game.
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